Published to mark the centenary of the Forestry Commission, British Forests examines not only its unique history but also the Commission’s role in research. As well as the promotion of tree planting in both cities and countryside. The book features a selection of the nations’ forests and beautiful botanical illustrations of trees from its pinetum at Bedgebury in Kent.

Jon Snow, main anchor for Channel 4 news and patron of the tree-planting charity Trees for Cities and Chair of the Heart of England, said:

‘For me, the Forestry Commission ranks with the NHS and the Houses of Parliament as key to our British way of life. This wonderful book describes the Commission’s evolution over its first 100 years. But, amid the increased need for more trees in Britain, for timber, to help combat climate change and tree diseases the Forestry Commission continues to play an absolutely indispensable role.’

Ian Gambles, Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, said:

‘This book brings together expertise from across our organisation to tell the story of our first 100 years. From timber production to caring for endangered species, tree related research to outdoor recreation, we hope readers will be intrigued and inspired by our work.’